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Family Notices



TO CORRESPONDENTS. What are we to do with our contemporary? Shall we permit him, like Bottom, the weaver, to play Roarer to the end. with all the laughter, if cot all the honors, due to the unique peifoi mance, or shall we again place him on the bad eminence," with FALSEHOOD fester- ing on thebrcnzod—the still-unabashed ],NW? We have PROVED that to gain the COUNTY ADVERTISEMENTS he descended for weeks-nay, for months-to give publicity to a great and glaring Mrs STATEMENT. The machine-booli returns, which ho impudently parades every week, are nothing more than a delusion, a la^ckerv, and a snare; for a machine-book only j,ov33 what papers have been PRINTED, NOT what papers have been sold. Besides, Mr. BOTHOMLEY, THE ACCOUNTANT, HAS NEVER YET CERTIFIED that the sheets of the South Wales Times, thrown off by the same machine, do not go to swell the grand tolal given in the Sta", and until Mr Bothomley furnishes his signature, we can believe nothing uttered by our contemporary to be THE TRUTH Such is the unfortunate reputation he has earned for himself by the course of mendacity he has run h1 Our Town." We hope we may now be permitted to leave the "Dodger" alone in his glory. T He cannot reach—much less injure us. We have received a communication dated Newport Athenaeum, Oct. 5, and signed" The Secretary," which "Wte presume is from the pen of Mr. Matthew Johns, and which we unhesitatingly refuse to insert We are ever ready to throw open our columns for explanation or self-defence to persons who conceive themselves to have been injured by anything which may have ap- peared in the MERLIN, provided Lheir communications be couched in language which is free from personal invective and unwarrantable insolence; but when a gentleman connected with the Press is singled out and assailed with impertinence and insult, we cannot permit the MERLIN to be made the medium of such vituperation. The introduction of the ticket-of- leave" and other extraneous elements by The Secretary," is an ebullition of juvenile petulance which might have been forgiven, had not his communication abounded with expressions indicative of unusual arro- gance, and imputations which, notwithstanding their silliness, are insolent and unwarranted. Mr. Johns grievance and his manner of meeting it may be stated in a few sentences:—The writer of the paragraph which appeared in last week's MERLIN, with regard to Miss St. George's entertainment, stated, in substance, that that lady had good reason to complain of not having been met at the train, on her arrival at Newport, by any one representing the Athenseum, and at having, on reaching the Town-hall, to act as "her own stage carpenter." To the second point, Mr. Johns replies that the stage (which, he admits, was not quite large enough) was erected before Miss St. George came and that the Curator was directed to render that lady any assistance she might reqnire on her arrival at the hall. With regard to the other point, Mr Johns says it was not his duty to meet Miss St. George—"that he has never met a single lecturer since ho has been Secretary," &c We will only add that the writer of the paragraph in the MERLIN received his information as to the want of attention exhibited towards Miss St. George from her pianist, who remarked that he bad never seen her similarly treated and that we appear to have been wrong in expecting that Mr. Johns would be courteous enough to meet Miss St. George on her arrival. BLAENAVON—The report of the India Relief Fund meeting reached us too late for insertion this week. It shall be given in our next paper.